The Truth About Hypothyroidism And Depression

The Truth About Hypothyroidism and Depression

I was contacted by a reader with a story that drove straight to my soul. Her story hit me so hard that I sat motionless with my head down on my desk. If you’ve ever questioned the seriousness of hypothyroidism, that ends today right now with this post.

I had my first child at 27 and all was well. Within 3 months I was back to my normal size. Life was wonderful and I was a wonderful mother.

I have always been a fun loving person who loved to laugh. Having such a great child, I wanted another one. It took me 9 months before I became pregnant with my 2nd child. Immediately I started getting sick. Sick as in I was always hungry. If I didn’t eat immediately upon waking I would get sick. I rapidly began packing on pounds and was extremely tired and moody. I had a short fuse at all times. At 8 weeks I started bleeding and had a miscarriage. After losing the baby I could not lose the weight I had gained. I was 29 and the doc said that our metabolism slows down as we get older. Diets didn’t help.

I became pregnant with my son within 3 months of miscarrying. Started off the same. I was sick if I didn’t eat. I slept all day and was extremely tired. My 3-yr old daughter who I couldn’t get enough of spent my whole pregnancy watching TV while mommy slept. Again I was extremely cranky. My hair began falling out and I was extremely hot and would often wake up covered in sweat. I was out of breath all the time. I gained over 75lbs. By the end I couldn’t walk. Just lifting my leg caused pain. I asked the doc to check my thyroid and he said it was a normal pregnancy issue.

After he was born I had extreme postpartum depression. To the point that less than 1 hour after my son’s birth I kept envisioning myself picking him up and throwing him up against the wall. My son had colic and cried all the time. I suffered from extreme exhaustion and lack of sleep. My only way of dealing with it was to cuss him out. I wanted to hurt him but would never let myself.

After my 6 week check up I found another doc. I begged her to check my thyroid. She did and my TSH came back at 100.

The Truth About Antidepressants

The Dr. Oz Show recently aired a show called The Truth About Antidepressants.

The Dr. Oz Show conducted their own survey online and found that “72% of women who were prescribed an antidepressant did NOT receive ANY other medical workup by the doctor first. This is critical because often times medical conditions will mimic depression and we know that when you properly diagnose and treat that underlying medical problem the depression will go away. Doctors may sometimes misdiagnose women with depression if you really have”:






Before anyone starts taking an antidepressant, they should have complete medical workup done to determine if underlying medical issues including low thyroid are the cause of the depression. The problem is that there is so little awareness about thyroid conditions. There are millions of undiagnosed thyroid sufferers worldwide. How many of them have been misdiagnosed with depression? I hope this article reaches them.

Hypothyroidism & Depression

I have received countless messages from hypothyroid women on antidepressants. You only need one look at my posts When Thyroid Disease Masquerades As Psychiatric Disorder and Mental Disorder or Undiagnosed Hypothyroidism to know there is compelling research linking hypothyroidism to mental health symptoms.

If you are hypothyroid and on antidepressants, what should you do?

Please speak with your doctor about taking a closer look at your thyroid condition. Be sure that thyroid testing includes at a minimum TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies. Do you suffer from other hypothyroidism symptoms? Are you certain you are being optimally treated for your thyroid condition?

It is particularly interesting to me that in addition to low thyroid function, Dr. Oz listed anemia, PCOS, Celiac Disease and PMS as potential underlying medical conditions for depression.

  • Anemia – Abnormal iron levels are a common problem for hypothyroidism sufferers so be sure to have a full iron panel including ferritin included in testing for anemia.
  • PCOS – I wonder how many PCOS sufferers are aware of the thyroid connection especially the link to the thyroid autoimmune condition Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
  • Celiac Disease – As with PCOS, Celiac Disease has been linked to Hashimoto’s so be sure to have your thyroid antibodies (both Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies & Thyroglobulin Antibodies) tested.
  • PMS – PMS is a real issue for hypothyroid women. This is not a surprise really given the intricate connection between sex hormone levels and the thyroid. Be sure to have your sex hormones including testosterone tested.

Do not just stop taking your antidepressants. Please speak with your doctor and if you decide to stop the antidepressants be sure to have close medical supervision during that weaning off phase.

This is not to suggest that antidepressants are not necessary and helpful for many people. There is no shame in taking antidepressants. That’s not what this article is about. The issue is that every person suffering from depression should have complete medical workup including thyroid testing to ensure all potential medical conditions that mimic depression have been fully investigated.

My fear is that there are many more hypothyroidism sufferers misdiagnosed with depression than anyone realizes.

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About Dana Trentini

Who knew that little butterfly-shaped thyroid gland at the base of my neck could affect my life so completely? I founded Hypothyroid Mom in memory of the unborn baby I lost to hypothyroidism. Winner of two 2014 WEGO Health Activist Awards: Health Activist Hero & Best In Show Twitter. *Hypothyroid Mom includes Affiliate links. Connect with me on Google+


  1. This issue is close to my heart. I lost six years of my life at the hand of misdiagnosis. After years of being labelled as bi polar and being bedridden and trying a plethora of anti- psychotic drugs a move of house meant a new doctorbwho did some simple blood tests which uncovered hashimotos disease. I had gained 6 stone and developed agoraphobia and was suicidal. Then after not recovering on T4 alone I was sent to an endocrinologist who uncovered insulin resistance and PCOS. This saved my life and I no longer take any mental health drugs. I know had I not had my real health issues discovered I would not be here today.

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Libby, Thank you very much for sharing your story. There will be readers on this page who will read your message and feel they are not alone. So happy you are well now. I love hearing success stories. You should read this post attached about a woman misdiagnosed with bipolar.

      • It’s not just women who are affected. 31 yr old male. Driven crazy with lethargy, big weight gain and massive depression. First suggestion was anti depressants. Refused to take them, then second dr suggested thyroid. I was sceptical – but it was. Score of over 88. Have now lost 1.5stone, more active and more confident. Still struggling as lost a lot of confidence but will get better. But just important to note that happens to us guys too

        • Dana Trentini says:

          Hi Rob,

          Thank you so much for commenting. Absolutely boys and men can develop thyroid conditions. My brother has hypothyroidism too and I watch my sons very carefully for signs. I can’t imagine what it was like for you to have a TSH of 88. So happy you are on the way to feeling better.

          • Maite Roman says:

            I have hypothyroidism and hashimoto diseas. I noticed alot of changes. First I started with vitiligo in my hands. Then I started gaing weight. The lost of hair is extraordinary. I also fight alot, my husband says that I am bi polar, because sometimes I am laughing and then crying. When my son was 11 years old I noticed that even thou he was swimming and playing volleyball he kept gaining weight. So I went to his pedriatician and ask her to do the some blood test. His been drinking syntroid 100 since then. He has alot of mood swings, sometimes he dosen’t concentrated at school.

      • i am 52 year old woman, i live in the eastend of london, i have thyroid for about 7 years, start of on 25 levothyoxine with in in 6mt it want up to 125 and i was fine on that for 6 years, on till last week my doctor took bloods and told me to drop to 100 why would this happen after all these years?

        • Donna K says:

          When reading the dosing for levo or synthroid, it says women under 50 should take 1.7 mcg per kilo and over 50 should take 1 mcg per kilo. Not sure, but maybe that is why yours was lowered?

      • Kerry Fisher says:

        Hi. I’ve been feeling unwell for sometime but it’s gradually gotten worse especially the exhaustion. I am dizzy, feel out of it, memory loss etc that it is really affecting my daily life. I am 36 and have 2 boys aged 7 & 12. I can barely do daily tasks as I have no energy & everything is an effort I just want to sleep. My doc signed me off work, put me on anti depressants & sleeping tablets. I’ve now come off the anti depressants as they were making me feel even more tired! She’s done blood tests which came back normal. I feel really upset as she’s just accepted that even though I’m still feeling awful & the forgetfulness/memory fog is scary. I really don’t know what to do next I’m so down.

        • Hi kerry, you are not the only one. I also feel dizzy with my medication. I’ve tried levothyroxine (175mcg, 150mcg, 75 mcg, 100,mcg in that order and the only thing I felt was dizziness, brain fog, couldn’t sleep at night, body aches, no sex driveand fatigue) then I switched doctors (02-03-2014) and the new Dr. gave me Liothyronine he started my dose at 40mcg then the Dr. upped my dosage to 50mcg and nothing. Still felt dizzy, body was aching and fatigue. I took this medicine for three months. Then again , swithched doctors (05-19-2014) and the new Dr. gave me Armour Thyroid 60mcg and four week later Dr. upped it to 90 mcg, major vertigo, headaches and legs and feet were swollen. I stopped taking Armour Thyroid after three months. I then again switched doctors (08-29-2014) and this time I was given Naturethroid, 65mcg, felt slighty better, got some blood work done four weeks later and Dr. said my levels were low. Dr upped my dose to 80mcg and started feeling the same symptoms after a few days of taking the higher dose. Now I’m taking Cynomel, thats the Mexican version of Cytomel. No more body aches or fatigue but I still feel dizzy. The pharmacist said to take half in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. Cynomel only come in 25mcg pills. So far nothing has worked for me.

          • Hugo have you tried changing your diet? Gluten is terrible and it affects our intestines’ tissue, our brain and thyroid function. I was feeling terrible over the last 3 weeks and noticed I was eating more bread, so I stopped eating bread and started feeling much better. Have you natural remedies? some essential oils can help with our thyroid.
            Thanks to this website I have discovered I possibly have Hypothyroidism. I’ve been on antidepressants for 10 years, have insulin resistance and struggle to loose weight, and I’ve been with a foggy brain for the last 2 years, but got worse over the last 3 weeks. Now I stopped eating bread and other cereals. It was so scary, I couldn’t focus or think clearly and forgetful, I thought I had a tumor or something in my brain!
            I will go to see my GP and insist on having more detailed blood test for thyroid issues.

      • I’m desperate for answers at this moment..please someone help? I have taken levothyroxine after being diagnosed with hypythyroidism with a goiter since I was 9 or 10 I’m now almost 22. For the past few years my hair has started to fall out terribly sometimes but not always I feel so exhausted all the time, at times my headaches are so severe I can’t stand up or I’ll fall because the pain is so bad and lately the pain in my shoulder is worse I thought maybe it was due to the car accident I was in a few years ago but now the pain in my knees and legs and wrist is worsening I can barely walk the past few days the pain is so bad. Yesterday my neck started having the same unbearable pain that I can barely move without wanting to cry because the pain is excruciating…Should I be concerned its related to levothyroxine or is it possible my thyroid isn’t being treated..I haven’t seen a endocrinologist since I was first diagnosed and the dosage has never been changed since I was diagnosed… Also can my thyroid or levothyroxine be the cause of my anxiety and my recent depression?.. Please help??

    • OMG I lost 7 years of my life. I can so relate. I was so angry the day I landed in the hospital thinking I was having a heart attack. Only to find I had 2 large thyroid nodules and was told I was serverly hypothyroid. This is after fighting with my family doctor just to test me for it. He refused. He said he was the doctor and he knew what was wrong with me. You know I dumped him. Got another.

      • Teresa Nevins says:


        I lost several years of my life too. I still have to continue to fight with doctors to stay on a dose high enough to survive. I am beginning to think that when folks are grossly misdiagnosed or under treated, this is when nodules form or maybe even the cause of some thyroid cancers, perhaps? I remember going to the best endo in town, har dee har har har. Idiot, just said that I was starting to develop some kind of muscle disease because my levels were normal. @@%&** I had other idiot endos too. Do I sound bitter? Yes siree Bob.

      • Dana Trentini says:


        I’m so upset what happened to you. So happy you dumped your doctor. I hope all my readers know that if they are suffering symptoms and their doctor isn’t listening to them then it’s time find a new doctor.

        • I was born with an inactive thyroid, the doctors told my parents that if they wanted more children, to consider adopting, but left little hope of me surviving. I was born in Germany while my father was stationed over there. Thirteen days after my birth, dad received his papers to be sent back to the states, the doctors didn’t want to let me go. You see, they had put my mom on a strict no- salt diet. She didn’t even know she was pregnant with me until she began showing. To this day, my doctors won’t refer me to an endocrinologist, and I can’t afford to go on my own, yet. When I do, I hope that I still have this site as a link for adept Endocrinologists, rather than doctors playing God with MY life. I’ve had ‘bumps’ form on my thyroid from time to time, but they’ve gone away after a few days of meditation, and holding God’s Healing Light in that area, no illness, and tests never showing residual abnormalities. I know it doesn’t work for everyone, but it did work for me. Still planning on getting a Full work-up done at the first opportunity. The mood-swings were INTENSE, and I had gone into peri- menopause when I was 26 yrs. young, another bout of intense mood- swings with a good deal of hot- flashes moved me to have my Dr. test me for Menopause…I was. They prescribed Premarin…I told them that I was NOT taking ‘medication’ with pregnant horse’s pee in it, and told THEM that I was actually taking an Herbal supplement that had Black Cohosh in it, along with Don Quai, among others. It’s REALLY helping. Thank you, and keep up the good work.

      • Kerry Walker says:

        I can so relate to you. For a full year I had been doing blood work off and on by my Primary Physician and my Rheumatologist. And it ALWAYS came back normal. I had to have a procedure done for my heart and they had to go down my throat. A few weeks went by and I found myself scratching my neck and felt a lump, and had noticed fullness in my neck area. I contacted my Primay who sent me to an Endocrinologist. He immediately had blood work done and did an ultrasound of my neck. My right thyroid was 3x’s the size it should be and my left if 4x’s the size. I also had multiple noduals and ended up having to have ultrasound guided biopsies. Aside from all this going on, my blood work still came back normal. I went in for surgery 10/10/14, to have my thyroid removed. They were only able to remove the right side due to complications and I go on 10/13/15, to have my left side removed. I did have cancer in the side they removed but was fortunate that they got it all out and didn’t have to undergo chemo. I was originally diagnosed with Hashimoto but have been re-diagnosed with Graves Diaease and Hypothyroidism because now as of June this year my blood work started coming back abnormal. I am on my second set of doctors as far as Endocrinologist go and ENT’s. Both of my new doctors are with Moffitt Cancer Center and originated from Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN. It took me a total of 6 years to finally get the proper diagnosis. Now I just hope I’m on the path to a more healthier future after my next surgery. Definitely get second and third opinions. Good luck!

    • Maureen A Flaherty says:

      Oh my goodness. Every time I read a post, it gives me strength to go on. This is all new to me, as I just posted on another post of yours. Only on 50mcg of levo, for almost 2 mths…the one that said “Unlike the rest of you, I sleep 24/7!!! I too am insulin resistant…did not know this had ANYTHING to do with my thyroid. They never said anything like that. I also have many thyroid nodules, which, I haven’t seen anyone mention. I just had 6 of them biopsied, long needle, and not to painful either…and they came back, nor normal, but, not malignant. I don’t know what that means!!! I also have thyroid antibodies that my allergist told me about. I have a condition called, angioedema…it is massive swelling like hives in my mouth, throat, lips, and once eyes. I take Allegra in the morning, and two Zyrtec at night. If I have an attack, then on prednisone and have my Epi-pen ready. I am so scared and don’t understand any of this. Does anyone else have nodules, thyroid antibodies, etc. No one I know have ever heard of these thing…….Thank you so much.

      • Hi,
        I was in the same boat, where I wanted to sleep all the time. 12 years ago I had one ofnmynadrenal glands removed and it fouled up my whole endocrine system. It took 9 years for my endocrinologist to listen to me and draw my thyroid levels. She put me on synthroid and levothyronine? I think it’s called. I was tired all the time and gained 100 lbs. I was skinny my whole life until I had it removed. My mom finally told me to tell my GP to put me on armour thyroid 60mg to start. Let me tell you, it is like night and day. I have energy and I’m not tired all the time. She found out I had high insulin but normal A1C. So she put me on metformin too. I think some endocrinologists think they know everything and won’t do the labs that they should. If she had ordered those labs when I started having problems I would probably not have all the issues I do. Try armour thyroid. It could really help.

    • Hii all…i m jst 21 yrs old..i have been taking antideppressants only for better sleeping…then i have found that i havent deppression any more so why i found myself sluggish,less sleep, lack of confidence,loss of apetite….then i found thyroid defeciency …now i m getting improving….i also misdiagnosed of dipression

    • Hi every one been taking t4 mes for 10 years and everything was fine until I had my third child woke up one night when my baby was 8 month old sweating and with a very epidural hard bit, went to the doctor , they lowes my dosage still felt sick a a dog, the doctor told me t wait for a Week ,so I did then put me on the lowest dosage possible as blood work shows I need it still, it’s still made me really sick the first day I took it… I’m struggling don’t know what else to do, as I can’t take med for my thiroid anymore, and it doesn’t seem to bother my body too much but I don’t get moody and sometime my thyroid feels kinda tight… Please help

    • Omg I have issues with my thyroid , last year I had the right loab removed and put on meds , my doctor sates he’s happy with my numbers , not sure why I feel like crap suffer from insomnia, depression wait gain , and anxiety I thought I would feel better but I don’t maybe even worse cause no matter how hard I diet and workout I can’t loose one ounce !!!! N

      • Omg I have issues with my thyroid , last year I had the right loab removed and put on meds , my doctor sates he’s happy with my numbers , not sure why I feel like crap suffer from insomnia, depression wait gain , and anxiety I thought I would feel better but I don’t maybe even worse cause no matter how hard I diet and workout I can’t loose one ounce !!!! N. On top of it all I have no eyebrows or eyelashes !!!!!!!!

  2. I have been Hashimotos for at least 22 years. I have been taking thyroid medicine for one month. I have had Beta Blockers age 20, anti depressants age 33 and 40. I have been told I am clinically depressed, but never referred to a pysch professional, I am overweight , but no-one sends me to a dietician. I have been given pain meds and sleeping meds. I have gained 80lbs all told. I have constant pain and sleep apnea. I recently fired my Dr of 8 years after he point blank refused to check my thyroud. My rheumatologist (the one I had to see for Fibromyalgia! Told me she thought I had an RA type disease and gave me plaquenil. Thank god for my Pulmonary Specialist. He finally agreed to try desiccated thyroid. In just one month I can think a lot clearer and my skin is less lizaresque. I am having to pay $350 to see an OBGYN at TrueBalance, but I can deal with that as he was the first person ever to offer a FULL screening.
    I think I am on my way, but half of my life has been plauged with illness, confusion and ignorance.
    I could go on, but I know most of you reading this din’t need to read another repeat if your own misery.
    I only hope this despicable excuse for healthcare resolves sooner rather than later.

    • Dana Trentini says:


      Thank you for sharing your story. For readers who are struggling they will read your comment and know there is light at the end of the tunnel!

      • gardenchef says:

        reading through a lot of your readers’ comments and heart-aching life stories, makes me think only one thing, “How is it that no one is talking about diet?” And I don’t mean ‘diet’, like “go on a diet!”, more a program like the Whole 30. A food elimination diet for thirty days, with a reintroduction of foods to find out which or what a person may be allergic or adverse to. There are so many people that have been where your readers are i.e. the medical profession only prescribing pills that are only more detrimental to the health of the individual. The Whole 30 is a whole food eating plan that lends for a positive approach to caring for ourselves regardless of our ailments. I hope that your readers are driven to try an approach that is within their own reach and on their own terms. No one deserves to live a life of medicated pain. Much love and health!

        • Hi Garden Chef,

          Food is a big topic on my blog and especially my Hypothyroid Mom Facebook page everything from gluten-free, grain-free, food sensitivities, soy free, autoimmune Paleo, etc. Actually the creator of Whole 30 was included in an article on my site Melissa Hartwig:

          • Do being hypothyroid and food allergies have a connection?? I have been on levothyroxine most of my life and as I get older the more food allergies I have. It’s more like sensitivities to foods, digestive issues, sinus congestion etc. I have been on anti depressants for a few years as well. Do I need to see an endocrinologist to insure my thyroid is functioning at its optimal level?

    • Are you still raking you thiroid med with the natural stuff

  3. Low Thyroidism runs in my family. My mother, sister and grandmother, ect had it. Some also suffer from goiters on their thyroids. I have asked to be tested several times and the results always come back normal, but I too suffer from many of the symptoms. I am thankful I have seen this post because I now know what test to ask for specifically. Thank you so very much.

    • Dana Trentini says:


      With a family history of thyroid conditions like yours, push push push for more extensive testing. Thyroid advocate Janie Bowthorpe includes a list of recommended lab work.

      Many people go undiagnosed because one test TSH is the only test done. Here is an article on this topic.

    • Kristin says:

      Dana is right. Keep pushing! Find a doctor who will not just take the tests at face value. It took me over 8 years to get a correct diagnosis. Even when I had goiters growing regularly, I couldn’t get anyone to help. It has taken me 15 to finally get the right dosage and finally all of my healthy eating is paying off. I’m losing weight again. I’m off anti-depressants, too.

      At one point I finally gave up on my ‘specialists’ and asked my regular doctor for a referral to a surgeon to take the problem side out so I would be able to breath and eat normally and I had my left lobe removed (cancerous). The surgeon is the only person who would listen to my pleading that something more than just goiters was wrong. The biopsies and bloodwork showed nothing! I still can’t convince my endo to remove the other side, but I’m working on it!!!

      Just keep trying!

      • Dana Trentini says:

        Kristin, So happy you pushed for help Kristin. It’s about being an advocate for ourselves and insisting when we don’t feel right that all the possible factors are tested.

      • Dana Trentini says:


        I love your perseverance going through 15 doctors to find one who was listening to you and helped you be well. Bravo!

  4. My story begins very familiar to one I have read. After the birth of my first child 25 yrs ago I had problems having another child. 4 yrs later I gave birth to my son. I became almost non existant, with feelings of being “run down” feeling like “death would become me”. The family doctor checked my TSH and NORMAL. Was sent to a internal specialist who told me 7 months after my child was born I was postpartumly depressed. With an antidepressant I was supposed to get better. I got worse. Developed phobias, anxiety attacks, 12lb weight gain in 5 weeks, cold all the time(to the point I lived in a hot tub), constant aches and pains, to the point I was sent to a rheumatologist as my ANA antibodies and lymyphocytes were off the map. My family doctor suspected Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis as my ANA antibody levels were 1:100 (meaning one out of every 100 cells in my body were self destructing) I went to the Rheumatoligist she asked me about my fibromyalgia symptoms and I answered many questions thinking she has known me my whole life !! She did a more “intense panel” of thyroid testing including TSH, T4, T3, free T3, free T4 and thyroid antibodies. The results came back within a short time. I had hasimotos thyroiditis. At that stage I was laughing and hysterical to think I would be able to take one pill a day to make me better! I was actually happy to know all my hypochodriatic symptoms as the internist called them were for real. I began my journey from the age of 27 to now on Synthroid, Elextroxin, then within the last two years I begged my family doctor to check my T3 after a visit to outpatients which revealed that my thyroid meds needed and increase to 200mcg. My T3 was non existant! I was put on synthetic T4 and T3 replacement. Symptoms still existed somedays worse than others. Finally I convinced my doctor to try dessicated thyroid a natural form of replacement. Well the excuses were unreal but she opted to please me as a desperate patient and prescribed it. It hasn’t even been a week and I am out of bed at 7 in the morning thinking of what I can do, no aches and pains, head feels like there is no brick sitting on it, and I have lost 1.8lbs in three days ! My skin is no longer looking like orange peel, and my digestion and blood pressure are resuming to optimal levels. There are a lot of different changes going on in my body all at once and I sense that. I can now see there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not the end it’s like a rebirth … sad that all those years were wasted with poor quality of life and health !! Hopefully this story will inspire you all to aim for your own health and do what you need to to get the results you deserve !!

    • I just read your story Wanda and it has definitely inspired me… More so than the other ones I’ve read. My children are 12,11 and 18months and since having my youngest my Dr. prescribed me an antidepressant and I refuse to take it because I know I’m not depressed and I know something else is going on. I feel a lot of the things you have described and I also have been checked for Lupus seeing as how it runs in my family along with RA. I have had my thyroid checked several times but never like what the advice given here says to do. Thank you all for sharing…

      • Dana Trentini says:


        When your instincts tell you something is not right push for a closer look. Go back to your doctor and say you feel there is something wrong with your body and you want further testing including the testing included in this article. Best of luck.

    • Dana Trentini says:


      Thank you for sharing your inspiring story!! So love this. I am happy you found what works for you.

  5. Diane Gallagher says:

    Hello everyone I have read all the above comments and feel both deeply saddened but not surprised. I have suffered from hypothyroidism now for 18 years and been taking Levothyroxine. I have recently had full bloods for thyroid, TSH, free T4 and T3 and Antibodies. Ferritin, Iron, etc etc all the tests you can imagine. All normal, and when you look at them I should be a walking picture of health, only if that were true!. I am plagued with aches and pains (having a cat scan next week), etremely tired, cold, weight gain, but the biggest pain of all is depression. I cannot get T3, doctor says tests are all normal, waiting to see yet another Endo, what will he say the same. Desperate this is a debilitating disease and I hear so many testimonies from lots of individuals. Good luck ladies, we need that looking star to shine over us…..

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi Diane,

      Get a copy of your lab results and to the right of each score will be the normal reference ranges. Check where your scores fall relative to the ranges. The normal ranges are very broad so it’s important to be sure you are in the optimal ranges. Internationally-known thyroid advocate Mary Shomon wrote: “More innovative doctors are beginning to believe that a TSH of around 1 – 2 — in the low end of the normal range — is optimal for most people to feel well and avoid having hypothyroid or hyperthyroid symptoms. Similarly, some practitioners feel that optimal hypothyroidism treatment includes Free T4 in the top half of the normal range, and Free T3 in the top 25th percentil of the normal range.”

  6. Feeling very frustrated right now… I went to see my Doctor yet again to ask her to please check my Thyroids and she would not do the test that you all said was best to have done she said since my TSH came back at 2.202 that there was no reason to look any further into it… But yet almost every female on my mother’s side of the family has Thyroid disease and I have a lot of symptoms. I don’t understand what harm it would have done to check into it.

  7. And also if any of you here are from the New Orleans area can you please direct me to a Dr. who will take me seriously and do the further testing I am asking for?…

    • I just moved to New Orleans. I have been hypo for over a decade. On 125 MCG. My symptoms are worse than ever. I do best w TSH results around 1.0. Just saw new Dr. Results came back 2.934 and he won’t test T3 or T4 or adjust my meds. Tells me I am fine. I want to cry.

      • Dana Trentini says:

        Hi Donya,

        There is hope to be well despite our hypothyroidism but you have to have a doctor who will do all the testing including Free T4 and Free T3 and thyroid antibodies. Seek a second medical opinion.

      • It saddens me that doctors are so arrogant that they refuse to listen to their patients symptoms! In exactly the same boat, after 8 years of treatment I know I feel best when my TSH is 1 or below and my last blood test had crept up from 1.2 to 3. I went for the test because I feel symptomatic and yet now have to have another load of blood tests before doc will consider upping my dose. They basically implied that I have a stressful job and it’s all too much/not coping!!! Angers me that I suffered 2 miscarriages because I didn’t know my dose had to go up. I’ve since had a lovely 16 month old daughter..but she may not be here if I hadn’t fought to get the right treatment early on this time. There is a shocking lack of information given to patients, dietary advice etc. And just how many people are out there struggling in their day to day lives, because they accept what the doctor says and are going untreated or mismanaged?!!

    • Dr. E. Pedroza – Metairie

  8. Delaine Krager says:

    I just received a call from my PHCP not an hour ago. This is the 3rd time I’ve gotten this call from 3 different doctors. Loo was told my levels are “on the low side”. Upon follow up, that blood work showed I was in an “acceptable range but still low.” I’ve found I have MANY symptoms on the list. So unfortunately I get to treat the symptoms while my “anxiety/depression”, “raised cholesterol, “weight gain”, “hair loss”, “increased BP”, ” heavier cycles”, fatigue” get worse. I’m a massage therapist. I’m average in fitness and enjoy yoga and lap swimming. I’m 44 tomorrow and am not excited to get another call like this. I’m also not excited about taking another medication. Is there anything else I can do besides pharmaceutical help?

  9. Hypo Help! I just found you online. I am wondering if you could read this short blog post and let me know if you have any advice.

    I am so confused. The nurse never really told me anything else on the phone. I feel like I should go and see a specialized doctor to talk about this more, but they made it seem like it wasn’t a big deal.

  10. joyce manz says:

    after reading some of these post i realize that i have been dealing with thyroid diease almost all my life i’m 52 basically housebound,it takes such an effort now a days just to either get dressed or take a shower.i constantly hurt all over everyday that i wake up.i weigh at last count 416 lbs. i have been diaganosed with hashimoto diease and do have nodules on my thyroid and a small goiter. i have a family history of thyroid cancer and thyroid diease on both sides of my family maternal and paternal.i have so mush symptoms its just to much to list. and i still can’t get a doctor to agree everything stems from my thyroid. i take 25mg of levoxthyrine which is generic for synthroid what a joke why bother taking it it’s not doing anything for me i still have all my symptoms.i had a endo tell me to stop reading all i have read on the thyroid on the internet and to stop eating my thyroid does not make me gain weight really, this is suppose to a well respected endo doctor in his field where i live and thats what kind of help i got from him my new doctor did a few tests and said i was ok and he did not want to up my meds i think if they upped them i would feel better instead i’m a 52 year old trapped in my house cause i can’t get anyone to listen to me. i should be enjoying my life now instead i’m on disability and i hate my life. the stories i have read on hear just mimics what has happened to me. like the one of the woman who had her child and started wanting to hurt that child, i had the same thoughts 34 yrs ago when i had my daughter and back then i had a doctor prescribe me antidepressant pills. sorry this is so long but i happened to find this site and i needed to get things off my chest.

  11. NewMom-Rayne says:

    Thanks for this site.

    I have only had a hypothyroidism diagnosis for the last (almost) 2 years now.

    To make a very long story short, my PCOS diagnosis came 2 years before my hypothroidism diagnosis, and with it the news I would never become a mother. With miscarriage odds being 99-1 if I did conceive.

    3 months after receiving treatment (Synthroid) daily, I became pregnant the first time. I did miscarry at 7 weeks, but was able to get pregnant again within the 3 months following the miscarriage. I now have a healthy, happy 4 month baby boy.

    My diagnosis was actually a fluke. My levels for thyroid always came back normal when they were checked after other family members received their diagnosis. Finally a doctor didn’t like the feel of my thyroid in my neck, ran a blood test and since it was on the line between “normal” and “not normal”, he wanted to start me on the lowest dose of synthroid.

    My husband and I fully believe had that doctor not taken a chance and just classified me as having “normal” levels instead, our son would not be here right now.

    That doctor moved on and I was unable to ever let him know what a positive difference he made in my life. I will always be thankful to that doctor for not taking things at “face value.”

    As much as I wouldn’t wish hypothyroidism on anyone, it is nice to know there is a site like this so I don’t have to feel so alone in my journey. Thank you.

    • Dana Trentini says:

      “New-Mom Rayne”,

      Your son is a miracle. If your doctor hadn’t looked beyond the lab numbers you may have never been diagnosed. So wonderful to hear of great doctors. There are wonderful doctors and they are worth search for! Love Love Love hearing success stories.

  12. Hello
    I had some hypothyroid symptoms that I was unable to fix with glandular’s. I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem?
    I had identified a low body temperature as a problem, and then set about fixing it. I successfully reset my temperature three years ago. Many of my hypothyroid symptoms have disappeared. I no longer need meds.
    Best wishes
    Janey Hood

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi Janey,

      It’s important your doctor do full thyroid testing. Even on natural desiccated thyroid we can have symptoms if our levels are not optimal. For example, thyroid advocate Mary Shomon wrote: “More innovative doctors are beginning to believe that a TSH of around 1 – 2 — in the low end of the normal range — is optimal for most people to feel well and avoid having hypothyroid or hyperthyroid symptoms. Similarly, some practitioners feel that optimal hypothyroidism treatment includes Free T4 in the top half of the normal range, and Free T3 in the top 25th percentil of the normal range.” Personally I take a natural desiccated thyroid called Nature-throid and I still have symptoms if my Free T3 levels are low in the range. I only feel well when my Free T3 reaches the top quarter of the normal range.

  13. I just received my test results yesterday. My TSH level is 1.51 ulL/mL, my free T4 is 1.12 ng/dL and my T3 is low at 80 ng/dL. I guess I lucked out because the Endo I went to ordered the T3 test just because I asked for it, I guess most don’t unless the TSH comes back abnormal? He also prescribed 15mg of Armour Thyroid as I requested. It helps to do your homework. I went in with a list of symptoms, always feeling cold, depression, thinning 1/3 of eyebrows, fatigue, low blood pressure (it has always been around 90/60) foggy thinking, brittle nails, erratic menstrual cycles and the clincher a swollen tongue. I never even realized my tongue was swollen until I was researching hypothyroidism and I seen a picture of a tongue with grooves on the side of it, then I looked at mine and was like OMG. But the main reason I started researching it is the chronic depression and anxiety I have had since my 20’s. I will be 40 in a week. I have been on Zoloft and that has helped, but I always thought there has to be more to it. I just started the Armour yesterday and I already feel hopeful, I have a bit of a headache tho, don’t know if that is a side effect or something else. Plus depression and low thyroid run in my family; my mom and aunt both have it. I really hope this helps.

    • Dana Trentini says:


      Congratulations! My hope with Hypothyroid Mom was to encourage readers to be advocates for themselves and get the right tests and ensure their doctor explores the drug options until you find what works for you. Bravo!!! How are you doing now on Armour? We’re all different in terms of how we each react to the different fillers/binding agents in the different brands. In case Armour isn’t working for you, there are other options for natural desiccated thyroid. Personally I don’t do well on Armour but feel great on Nature-throid. Then there are many readers here who love Armour, then others say they don’t do well on NDTs and prefer a combination of synthetic T4 and T3. There is no one magic drug for us all. However I applaud you for ensuring your doctor tries the options. Don’t settle until you feel well.

  14. Hi! JUST came accross all sorts of info and this awesome blog full of information.

    At my last OB checkup a couple weeks ago, I told my doctor that I’ve been feeling quite down and exhuasted and achy all the time. I’m short tempered with my husband, etc.
    I thought for sure it was probably postpartum depression… and my baby girl is 7 months now.
    Just got a call that my bloodwork came back with my TPO at 45 when it should be below 35. So I’m going in 2 weeks for more bloodwork – Thyroid panel.
    Not sure what all this means yet, and I guess I have to wait to see how this next bloodwork test goes.
    But I’m starting to think that this is the cause of my fatigue, depression and even more hairloss than normal (like handfuls when I shampoo my hair!)

    Anyways, so glad I found you. This is all so extremely new to me.

  15. Nicole Zieman says:

    Hello Dana,

    I feel alone and lost. Any advice you can give will be greatly appreciated. I am 29 years old. I have been sick since at least 12 years old. I have been diagnosed with several conditions very young. IBS, hernia, cysts on ovaries, chest and spine, severe menstruated symptoms, depression, anxiety, cluster migraines, fibromyalgia. I am in pain and exhausted every single day. thrn bad spells that last 6 weeks where inwear sunglasses and it hurts to talk. been on tons of mediactions, none of which help me. I’m a working, single mom of two young boys. I can barley get through life doing the necessary things to be a good mom and survive. I don’t have health insurance and been to so many doctors, including natural ones. My mom was diagnosed w hoshimotos disease and so was most of her sisters. I am ordering my labs online then taking them to a doctor to diagnose me. Not sure which doctor yet. Any advice on what doctor I could see near Michigan? I live in southern Michigan. Also other than the sex hormones, antibodies, free t3 and t4, what should I get drawn? My vitamin d and b are low. TSH is normal, first draw of antibodies was at level 10 and I was very sick in a rough spell where my throat swells etc. I need help. Thanku

  16. While I’ve recently realized that I need to revisit the medication I take for depression, this article has really made me realize that I’m not pushing hard enough on my hypothyroidism. While I feel I’ve done pretty well and my numbers look good, I’ve still felt miserable (which I”ve attributed to depression alone) and deal with two auto-immune diseases that no one can do anything about. I’m going to go back to my doctor and ask for a more extensive blood work up. Reading this story and the comments make me feel very fortunate, but I have had some dark days and really want to get to the bottom of this. I hope that I don’t have to take a handful of pills for depression forever.

  17. These kind of stories just make me so sad. My problems started around 17 years, mainly with fatigue and muscle pain – 3yrs after giving birth to my daughter. Before then, I was very fit and healthy and slept very well. Fast forward 8years (after gaining a lot of weight, getting reflux, hair falling out, bad fatigue) when I wanted to have another baby and I had 4 miscarriages in row. I had no idea about thyroids really back then and just thought it was my own fault for gaining so much weight. I did end up having a baby and found my health just went downhill even further. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2009, hyperparathyroidism in 2011 and finally this year hypothyroidism. Until I started researching for myself and joining groups on Facebook etc – I had no idea about how important your thyroid is and how hard it is to get proper treatment!

    • Dana Trentini says:


      I had no idea how low thyroid could devastate my life either. I am very sorry to hear about your 4 miscarriages. I worry how many thyroid women out there are losing their babies. You can’t imagine how many readers have contacted me about chronic pain and fibromyalgia, so many that I spent days researching for my recent article.

      • I wish I had known what I know now, back then. I had a feeling it was my thyroid. I didn’t have the internet or Dr Google back then, but I did have this medical book that had an A-Z on illnesses and symptoms. My symptoms always led me back to Hypothyroidism and yet doctors kept telling me that my thyroid was fine – so I was confused and felt like a hypochondriac for reading medical books all the time looking for mystery illnesses! What the books didn’t mention and what I have learned since then, was that doctors only do the TSH test and if that is normal look no further. I found a test from when I was pregnant 9yrs ago with a normal TSH and a very low FT4. The obstetrician had been old school and run the FT4 as well – even though my TSH was 1.42. He had told me that my thyroid function was a bit low and that I would need to keep an eye on it after the birth of my baby or that I could end up with PND. But of course my TSH was fine and that was all that was ever tested until I discovered the internet and started researching for myself. In the last 5 years I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Hyperparathyroidism, Hypothyroidism and recently Ankylosing Spontilitis. I am glad I finally know what is causing all this pain and fatigue but I am also sad that it has taken so long. I try and tell everyone I know so that they might second guess doctors instead of themselves and maybe even ask for more indepth testing – trust their inner voices and not feel as if they lazy or just getting old. Honestly only about 10% of people will listen though – most look at you as if you have no idea what you are talking about! I am happy to say that I have helped 2 friends so far though 🙂

        • Dana Trentini says:


          Thank you for sharing your story. Your message to “trust their inner voices” is so powerful for me. I did not listen to my inner voice when my hypothyroidism symptoms were so bad during my pregnancy and I miscarried. If there is one message to share follow your instincts. You know yourself better than anyone. If something doesn’t feel right, it isn’t right and push even if it means seeing 20 different doctors until you find someone who helps. Happy to have you at Hypothyroid Mom 🙂

  18. Hi Dana,
    I suffered from hypothyroidism during and after my first pregnancy. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when my little one was 8 months9and what difficult 8 months they had been!!!). As soon as I got pregnant this time I knew it by the change in my moods, low energy and irritability. The specialist I saw insists the thyroid couldn’t cause all these symptoms since my thyroid is presently under control(with the help of medication, of course). I was referred to a psychologist who diagnosed me with mild prenatal depression…This is very confusing as I am not sure what the truth is…

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi congratulations on your pregnancy. Please be sure your thyroid has been optimally treated in pregnancy. Absolutely there is a link between hypothyroidism and mental health symptoms. Every cell of the body requires thyroid hormone for proper functioning including the brain. It may be your thyroid is not optimally treated for pregnancy. I learned the hard way that doctors don’t all know the guidelines for pregnancy for thyroid patients.

      Bring a copy of the American Thyroid Association guidelines for pregnancy to your doctor. Be sure your TSH is within range for pregnancy.


      If trimester-specific reference ranges for TSH are not available in the laboratory, the following reference ranges are recommended: first trimester, 0.1–2.5 mIU/L; second trimester, 0.2–3.0 mIU/L; third trimester, 0.3–3.0 mIU/L. Level I-USPSTF


      There exists great interindividual variability regarding the increased amount of T4 (or LT4) necessary to maintain a normal TSH throughout pregnancy, with some women requiring only 10%–20% increased dosing, while others may require as much as an 80% increase.


      In pregnant patients with treated hypothyroidism, maternal serum TSH should be monitored approximately every 4 weeks during the first half of pregnancy because further LT4 dose adjustments are often required. Level B-USPSTF


      In pregnant patients with treated hypothyroidism, maternal TSH should be checked at least once between 26 and 32 weeks gestation. Level I-USPSTF

  19. Hypothyroidism is one of the most common causes of depression, but it is often overlooked. At our Naturopathic Clinic –, we make sure to include a thyroid panel when assessing patients with depression. This is a very common issue today, affecting too many people.

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi Dr. Morsillo,

      Thank you for commenting on my blog post. I am passionate about this particular topic. I would love to know what treatment methods have you found effective in treating hypothyroid patients with depression. Are there particular tests they should have done? Particular dietary changes, treatments?

  20. Teresa Nevins says:

    I was put on 75 mg of synthyroid in 1995 which helped for a month and then symptoms came back. Idiot doctor couldn’t figure out I needed a higher dose. So then constant misery for 14 more years (economically ruined as I couldn’t work) until I did my own research and found a doctor through’s list of open-minded doctors. At last I could work again and feel human. It was short lived though as I had Group Health and the doctor left Group Health without notifying me and without a referral for a knowledgable doctor. Next doctor refused to allow me to stay on higher dose. She wouldn’t listen to me and then she left Group Health several months later without telling me. Great care huh? Well I found a naturopathic who would work with me, but wasn’t covered by my insurance. Then my husband’s new job offered an insurance that did cover it. Great, only the next year they changed back to Group Health. Now my visits are not covered again. I have a second doctor I like a great deal, but she has been unwilling to do thyroid monitoring because what it comes down to is: In order for me to feel decent I need to be in the upper half of T4 and T3 normal levels which is okay except this brings my TSH level down to just below 0. So this means a constant battle with most any MD to keep on a life preserving dosage if I should ever lose my naturopathic doctor. There has got to be something we can do to stop this terrible care we are receiving from doctors that are under the thumb our egocentric medical system. What can we do?

  21. I have such a similar story. After having this baby I had dreamed of having, all I could do was scream, throw things, yell… behaviors that are not like me at all. And I wanted to hurt him. I’ve never said that out loud. Or written it.
    I went to counselors, chiropractors and doctors for things ranging from depression and rage, to headaches and weight gain that wouldn’t come off – nothing was working. I went on one last desperate attempt to get stronger antidepressants and this new doctor wanted to check my thyroid. What’s my thyroid?
    I was at 110. I’m still not back to normal, but I’m a whole lot better. This disease is NO JOKE.

    • Dana Trentini says:


      This disease is absolutely no joke. I am sorry what you went through. Thank God you had your thyroid checked. At a TSH of 110 you were severely hypothyroid. It’s so upsetting what this disease can do to us. I fear there are others in the world in the same boat but no one is testing their thyroid and I worry what will happen to them.

  22. I have been diagnosed with hipothyroidis just 2 days ago. For two months I have suffered from edema in my body especially around my eyes and hands. I thought it was because of lithium I am using for a long time, since I had been diagnosed for Biolar Type II 4 years ago.

    I am from Istanbul, Turkey. I have suffered so much from this mental illness. I have lost my academic career, couldnt write my Master’s Degree dissertation, and quitted with a very high GPA score.

    Now, I am back to the roots.

  23. I have celiac disease, but I didn’t know this until two years ago. Before that, everyone that I was lazy or depressed… I was put on antidepressants as a teenager and now I wish I would have never taken them. Once I fixed my diet and ate the right food, the negative effects from celiac wore off and I started feeling great. So I definitely see what you’re saying and it’s horrible that doctors will prescribe antidepressants so easily.

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi Daveman,

      I just came over to your blog I love when fellow bloggers comment on my site. Thank you. I just followed you on Twitter. It is incredible how gluten can wreak havoc on our health including our brain health especially for Celiac Disease sufferers. You should read this new book by Dr. Datis Kharrazian. You’ll find it very interesting:

      Why Isn’t My Brain Working?

  24. I just discovered your site. How wonderful, I’ve been frustrated recently looking for a platform where thyroid issues were discussed, but everything I came across was years old. I think that depression might be the most silent and worst of all the thyroid symptoms. It is not tangible or measurable like (for example) my weight gain. My mirror tells me that I am getting better/worse. No such thing exists for the mind. My main issue since I developed a slow thyroid has been my weight. It has been an uphill battle, one that I seem to have finally learned to accept/understand. What saddens and intrigues me is depression and weight loss. Personally I have gained 100lbs in 10 yrs and this year I decided to dedicate it to figuring this out. Since march I have lost 56 lbs (with the help of a “team”- family/friends/professionals) I still have 44 to go but now I am confident I will get there it is just a matter of slow and steady. I have of course researched hypothyrodism since I was diagnosed and was aware of the depression tendencies. Many times over the years I had to mentally stop and remind myself that I was probably feeling crappy bc of the thyroid and it was causing depression. It was not until I lost about 30 lbs that I realized how bad it had been (mentally). I am pretty strong willed and I get frustrated/annoyed whenever I hear people say that the weight loss will only be reached when you want it bad enough or you think you are good enough (or similar I am #1 party line) it annoys me because I know how I felt…and I can only imagine how others feel…well if I waited until I thought I was “good enough” “worth it” or whatever I would probably be even fatter now. The reality is that you feel crappy, what level of crappy depends on the individual. There is no “self motivation”, “self control” or anything remotely needing any level of “oomph”! The best thing I did was force everyone around me to accept that I have no will power, no desire, no anything. I needed help getting better bc if left alone I can not do it. I needed someone to babysit me and hold my hand. Even THAT moment was not brought on because I wanted to do so etching for “me”. Rather I found out I was going to be an aunt and to be blunt I did not want to be the “motherly/grandma” like aunt (the other 2 aunts are hot) or worse be so fat that I couldn’t do things with my niece. Moral of the story: get help- in the form of friends and family

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi Angela thank you for sharing your story. Your advice is so powerful. It’s sad to me the number of readers on my Hypothyroid Mom Facebook page who share that they don’t have support of family and friends. This is a difficult disease and we need support. I have no doubt you will be the “amazing” aunt your niece will love so much.

  25. Scott Jenkins says:

    Hi, I’ve I’m 32 and have bee on and off antidepressants all my life. I have been “diagnosed ” with severe generalized anxiety disorder with elements of agoraphobia. In the summer of this year I stopped taking my antidepressants completely. It took me several months to achieve this by slowly reducing the dose week by week.I had some of the worst withdrawal symptoms of my life. My doctors don’t know that I have stopped my medication because I believe that they (the doctors) are doing more harm than good.
    It has been several months now since I stopped these antidepressants completely, but I still feel rubbish.
    Every day I feel as if I haven’t got the energy to even get out of bed, I feel weak for no apparent reason. I get irritated by the slightest of things. I am very moody. Recently, I have developed pulsatile tinnitus in my left ear (I can hear my blood flow frequently) and now, this week I have started to feel what I can only describe as a choking sensation in my neck ( inside/behind my Adams apple ) along with a frequent dry mouth. I also feel that my eyesight has gotten worse.
    A few Google searches have lead me to hyperthyroidism and apparently pulsitile tinnitus is sometimes a symptom of this.
    Has anyone else experienced these symptoms, and can anyone suggest what I should do, because I have no faith in my Doctors anymore.
    Thanks for listening, and sorry if I have been rambling for too long, I find it really difficult to put my thoughts into words.

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi Scott,

      I’m sorry to hear all you’ve been through. It’s important to find a good doctor that’s half the battle. It’s particularly important since you’ve been having these symptoms since stopping the medication you should be seen by a doctor in case there is a connection. Also a good doctor is important to properly test your thyroid in case that is the underlying cause of your mental health symptoms. Testing should include Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, thyroid antibodies for Graves and Hashimoto’s. Here are resources to help you locate a doctor to properly test your thyroid function.

  26. I have recently read Kaplan book on Hypothyroid which says that it may lead to depression/mood disorders . Which took me by surprise.

    I would like to know if there any renowned author publication which says that Hypothyroid is not the cause of depression or mood disorders. If available than do let me know.

  27. Reading these stories are making me feel better. I have been struggling with depression lately but I have never been a depressed person. I have no idea if thyroid could be the problem. I had it checked and while I have been so depressed I have been thinking about skipping the doctor, reading these have made me think about going to the appointment.

  28. If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, realize that it’s normal to feel sadness and grief. It’s OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can’t force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season.

  29. catherine says:

    Hi All I can say is thank God for the NHS Scotland.Family docs here will routinely check for thyroid problems.I was borderline hypothyroid for about 10years and once I tipped into hypo proper the Dr.tested and started me on meds asap.I am still dragging myself about but much better than before.Good luck folks.

  30. catherine says:

    The computer has just told me the post i may looked like I had made a statement like that before.Thank u captcha for reminding me how slow my brain is with this hypo stuff and i cannot even find the comments lol 🙂

  31. Jayne Gale says:

    After I refused antidepressants I talked to a wise counsellor. He said what’s going on? I said I cry and feel bad about myself. He said, what exactly is the process? So I give an example… I see mess on the floor and I know I should pick it up but I have no energy to pick it up so I feel like a bad housewife and mother and I cry. He said, what so the no energy comes first. That’s a normal reaction to a physical problem, its not a mental problem. It took a long time to find the Hashimoto’s but I clung to that like a lifeline – there is something physically wrong with me and I have to find the answer. I hope that is as helpful to others as it was to me

  32. I have been diganosed with depression, insomnia and pmdd. Each and everytime i go to the dr they just want to feel my throat and send me on my way just resently my aunt yold me aboth her being dignosed with hypothyroidism. Here i am looking at the symptoms and I have almost all of them. I had a miscarrage at 5vweeks to have a dnc to find out 11 weeks later it was multiples and i was still.pregnant. my daughter is now 4 since i had her it has been a snowball. Keep telling the dr something is wrong!!!! Been on every type of antidepressants that help.just a little bit. I have 1-2 cycles per month extreamly heavy, chronic fatigue to the point ppl call me lazy I. No sex drive to the point my husband is determined i am having an affair. Extreamly angry all the time. Not a care in the world if the house is a mess i just sit and look at it thinking i need to do something but i just cant. Was put on cymbalta and gained 15 lbs now of course i am depressed. I know my body is not right and i have to find the reason!!! Thank you all for yalls stories it is definitely a huge help to others.

  33. I was misdiagnosed bi-polar for a decade. I was on so many medications that I’m sure it’s why my system needed such an intense detox to start feeling well. I just stopped taking my last anti-depressant in November 2013 (under proper medical supervision) and what a feeling of freedom. There were other things that helped me but I don’t want someone upset I’m promoting a product on this page. I finally am the closest to being well I have been in 15 years and I’m 35 years old.

  34. Hi,

    i was on google seaching for anything that can help me. the search said “Hypothyroidism and depression”. i guess i have reached a point that i dont know what to do. i cant find a proper endo here and neither can i afford one. i have lost hope. i have been diagnosed as a hypo but nothing is working anymore….im lost….

  35. Egg Lady says:

    I have Hashimoto’s…. it has been a rough 11months…. been hypo for 8 yrs on synthroid and antidepressants (which helped some)… but “crashed” 11months ago… a struggle to get doctor to check antibodies, t3 and t4- always feel like I am having to convince them of my symptoms and relation to the thyroid. Finally convinced doc to let me try dessicated thyroid (Erfa)….started this end of November 2013, which has helped some… on December 16 (2013) my my tsh was 0.02, t4 18.2, t3 11.1- this was on 120mg erfa so he lowered me to 90mg… current(feb.13) blood work shows t3 @5.2, t4 @11.6 & tsh @ <0.01 and I do have antibodies @ 205. Seeing a natural doctor who has got me on vit.D, selenium, B100, magnesium…. still having mental health symptoms (anxiety, depression, fear, etc.)…. I would like to have a saliva cortisol test for my adrenals…. not sure whether I should increase my dose of erfa (natural doctor wants to leave it where it is for now, but I read you should be in upper end normal)…. not sure what to do- weepy all the time anxious and depressed, little energy… symptoms that have improved are nausea, insomnia, heart rate too high and palps (still some issues with this though), the worst is the mental health though- any thoughts any one? I can relate to so many of you…. I just want to feel better!

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi Egg Lady, We’re all different in terms of what are optimal ranges for each of us. I personally feel my best when my Free T3 is top quarter of the normal range. Each lab uses different units of measurement so check the reference range listed normally to the right of your scores on your lab results. Here in this article I show how to calculate that top quarter:

      Thyroid health is a big puzzle with many pieces that should be checked including adrenals, sex hormones, blood sugar, and nutrient deficiencies including D3, B12, magnesium, iron/ferritin, zinc and selenium. With Hashimoto’s there is a strong link with gluten. I have many readers with Hashimoto’s have have gone gluten free to find their symptoms have improved and for some their antibodies reduced to normal. So worth a try. Here are great resources to help you try:

      Whenever in doubt about your thyroid treatment, get a second medical opinion.

      • Egg Lady says:

        Thanks…. I was so glad to find this site. I have been on gluten free for about 3 months (strict). I have been using Ativan 1mg sl every other day to take the edge off (however I would rather not have to use this). I have recently started a dose of vit.B5 1000mg per day (divided dose), and vit. C up to about 4000mg per day. Good news is I just recently found a doctor who is happy to check my sex hormones and adrenals (however in Canada we don’t seem to have the 24hr saliva cortisal test- it is a saliva test but only one swab between 11pm & 12am- so that is the only time in 24 hrs that it measures- I hope it shows something, otherwise I may have to order from the states). I want to encourage you all who are struggling like me- keep hanging on and keep searching for answers. And thank you Dana for all you do! God Bless!

  36. I am 20 years old and was diagnosed with hyperthyroid at the age of 14. I went to the doctor because i was dealing with extreme depression. The first thing they looked at were my thyroid levels. I underwent radiation and now i am hypothyroid and take a high dose of levothyroxine and anti depressants. Im glad they caught it when they did. Thyroid problems run on both sides of my family. The thing is im still depressed and feel worthless a lot. i feel trapped by my thyroid problems. Depression has followed my since i was a child. I thought as i got older it would get better. Its good to know im not alone with this problem. Thanks thyroid mom for the awareness of this evil disease.

    • Hi, I was so supprised to read your post, because I have suffered the exact same condition as you, sometimes I wish I hadn’t had the radiotherapy treatment, because it has never been right since…this has gone on for years and I am 50 now, but I still feel depressed and so tired, my weight has slowly increased, and yet I get palpertations and severe headaches and head fuzz …it’s all wrong! I am on 200 levothyroxine tabs and I don’t know if I am up or down, the test always says within normal range, but there is nothing normal about it! I guess all we can do is try to stay positive and keep hoping that they will eventually provide us with the correct treatment!… But above your not alone!

  37. Nancy hanus says:

    this story is same fact to fact of what happened to me word to word exactly the same thing happened to me. Weight gain miscarriage post partum and thyroid. This makes me really sad that my thyroid was never checked during my pregnancy

  38. Thank you for writing about this!!! This is how I know my thyroid is off – I develop really bad, clinical depression & anxiety. It’s awful. These symptoms came back so I immediately went in for blood work. For a while my PCP was the one checking my thyroid levels & everything was coming back in range, so they kept me at my level & I started on anti-depressants, but even those didn’t help a lot. They took the edge off but that’s it. It wasn’t until I went to a psychiatrist that did a FULL med work up on me, and she told me that even though my numbers were in “range”. They were still off going on the new research out there, so she told me to educate myself by reading Thyroid Solution and she gave me the number to a God send of an endocrinologist. After working with the endo for about 6 months to a year – we had to play with dosages with synthroid, cytomel (T3), vit B12, vit D, and stopped birth control. At that point, my anti-depressant was able to be halved! I’m about two and half years out and weaning off all anti-depressants thanks to these doctors! I have my life back:-)!! I will never trust my PCP or gyno with my thyroid treatment again. Lesson learned the hard way. I still get nervous to come completely off my anti-depressant because I think – what if my levels drop again?! But I have to trust that I’m better educated, I have better support now, and I now know how to ask for help – it’s nerve wracking & exciting.

  39. I am 27. I have been suffering from headaches, fatigue, hair loss, forgetfulness, dizziness, Irritable and I’m cold all the time. I went a couple years with these symtoms and every month it seemed to get worse. I went to the doctors in my town and they gave me blood tests and every time they would tell i had something different wrong with me. They would give me medicine and then have me stop taking it and start taking something different every time I had a blood test done. Finally, I went to an Endo out of town and they told me within one minute of the doctor being in my room that I had a goiter. He did blood work and to me I had I thyroid problem. I have been taking the Levo 50mcg for about 6 months now. When I went back on my three month follow-up they told me my levels were normal now and that they were going to leave me on the 50mcg and check me again in a year. My symptoms have not gone away, I actually feel that they are getting worse. My memory has really gotten bad, just the other day I forgot my daughter was in the car! Thank GOD that is was only for 30 seconds then I realized I had forgot her. But I kept beating my self up. How could I forget I had a child in the car? I used to wonder when I would see someone on TV that forgot their child in a car and I was like how could anyone do that? and now I know. I cried and cried and I still tear up every time I think about it. What if I would not have remembered in those 30 seconds. What could have happened. Is it possible that there could be something else wrong with me or does it take a year for the medication to start to help(I wouldn’t think it would). I called the doctor and he told me that these are not symptoms of a Thyroid problem and I should go see a family physician. The physicians in this town don’t know anything and say that nothing is wrong. Obivously there is something wrong or I wouldn’t have all these symptoms. Anyone have any advise?

    • Mia,

      I am wondering if you need some T3 along with the T4 to fully recover? I needed it and it made a big difference in how I feel. TN

  40. Thank you for this post — I thought I was going crazy for the last six weeks. My son is almost 1 and self-weaning, and for awhile I thought it was post partum depression from the fact that he was weaning. I’ve been hypothyroid and on synthroid for over 14 years, and although they upped my dose during pregnancy, my only postpartum directions and follow-up were “go back to your pre-pregnancy dosage.” I don’t think that was the right move, and I have a doctor that is now following up and hopefully shifting my dosage to where I need to be now.

  41. Ellice Dart says:

    I was quite young (15) when I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. My doctor put me on levothyroxine and at that age I thought nothing more of it – I assumed the tablets made me ‘normal’ again. I had slowly been gaining weight, which I put down to growing up, and I had always been the type of person who liked to sleep so low energy levels never seemed unusual. Last year (age 20), I decided my weight had gotten a bit higher than I was happy with and tried to start exercising harder and eating better. The weight wasn’t going anywhere – it kept creeping up and up. I was entering my final year of uni when my mood took a real down-turn, to the point where depression was stopping me from leaving my bedroom. I went to my doctor and asked if this was anything to do with my thyroid and had my TSH tested. It came back normal, so I was eventually put on antidepressants instead (I’ve been on them for 5 months now). I have been so worried about how to get off of them – my thyroid medication never really concerned me but I don’t like being on antidepressants. I don’t feel like I’m really being myself. After reading this post, you’ve reassured me that my depression hasn’t come out of nowhere and inspired me to pay a lot more attention to my hypothroidism. I’m going to start an elimination diet to ‘reset’ my body, and have a chat with my doctor about how to move forward in a sustainable way – not masking every symptom with more pills.

  42. Dr. Charles mary III… Look him up and see him… I live in mississippi but drive to Metairie to see him for hypothyroid

  43. i have been taking antipsychotics for eight years.eight years ago i was taking my mbbs professional exam when i suddenly felt i was unable to concentrate on my book.then i had feeling that my brain had become very heavy.i was taken to hospital .and i was put on antipsychotics.i was diagnosed as bipolar.i saw real tough time .psychotic disease runs in my family too,so my family members started calling me used to hurt alot …this social stigma of being psucho is such hurting.i hardly completed my mbbs as i had problem with my memory,concentration,confusion,disorientation…….my three years were wasted in supplees.2 years ago i develpoed sympotom of amenorrhea.i ignored four month back i went to gynnaecologist n she advised me thyroid function month back i had my thyroid profile n my tsh was 58. i took thyroxine fr two days n on second day i had such feeling that i hav gone eight years back brain was like it was locked during eight years n its opened with thyroxine..i got a new life..its was day i celebrated my disease was diagnosed….now its my tenth day m taking thyroxine…n i feel like m in heaven n back to normal life…but m still little depressed n i hav not yet stopped my antipsychotic medicines..,,,but i ll stop them as my tsh will reach normal range..leave comments plz n suggestions

  44. I am extremely frustrated right now. I have a history of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Was on Synthroid 150mcg for about 5 years. Change doctors, he took me off meds so that he could start from the beginning so to speak. Well my levels were normal. Was told to stay off meds and follow up every 6 months. I did that and during that time moved to another state. I have been fine up until recently. Now I am starting to feel like poo again. Weight gain (10lbs in 2 weeks), wearing a hoodie in 70 degree weather, fatigue, dry skin….the list goes on. Doctor checked TSH and won’t do anything else because it is normal. However since March of this year, TSH level has declined (3/2014-TSH 1.6), (7/2014-TSH 1.46), (11/2014-TSH 1.24). I’m sure if she checked thyroid antibodies she would find problem but she won’t! I don’t know what to do next….

  45. I was so glad to find this blog. I too suffered for years with exhaustion and was told I was low in iron. I was prescribed iron pills which did nothing and the doctor then wanted to put me on antidepressants (I insisted I wasn’t depressed-just tired!). I slept half my life away. I was blessed to have 2 daughters but was very sick through out the pregnancies. Then I had 3 miscarriages and no one ever checked for thyroid. I have to admit I never even knew what a thyroid was at that time, but the doctors should have! Years passed and low and behold, my young daughters were told by our family doctor they were fat, guess what, they were also later diagnosed with Hashimoto. But it wasn’t until the older daughter, then 10 went to the allergist before the allergist saw the goiter. The family doctor just called us fat. So off to the endocrine dr we went. When the endo doc saw my daughter he asked if I had any other children and right away tested my second daughter (then 7) and myself. We all had Hashimoto. We are all on sythroid.
    Before I end this I will add that my 7 year old granddaughter has a goiter and was just diagnosed with a thyroid problem, she will see a pediatric endo this month.
    I feel cheated out of life and the children I could have had and wanted desperately. Please, anyone that is having problems conceiving or having miscarriages get checked by an endocrine doctor, not a family doctor or even some OBGs don’t get it. Go to a specialist.

  46. I finally found a new doctor that ran more tests and seemed thorough. Guess what he prescribed? An antidepressant. Makes me so mad. I’m not depressed. I have Hashimoto’s which was diagnosed in 2002 and just recently reconfirmed with antibody tests. My TSH swings. Last result was 3.7, T3 was 95. Ferritin is 53, b12 is 383, vitamin D is up from 29 to 32.7. My white blood cells have finally come up from 2.8 to 4.0. Inflammation is down from 42 to 8. I’m still dealing with fatigue. I’ve been told to work out five to six times a week getting my heart rate up to 175 by my neurologist whom I see for migraines. It’s very frustrating that I haven’t found a doctor to treat my Hashimoto’s as the autoimmune disease that it is. I have been told repeatedly that I do not need thyroid medication. If it was my heart they wouldn’t wait for it to die before treating it. BTW I’m exhausted from walking on the treadmill today and all I did was walk! These doctors just don’t get it.

    • Lisa,
      Exercising too hard is what flared my hashi so bad they uncovered I had it. I know that doctor says to work out hard but when your muscles break down (in order to get stronger the bonds in your muscles break and heal, thus becoming stronger) then your body has to heal those bonds, which puts your immune system in action. Guess what? It wages war on your thyroid when it does that which floods your body with hormone causing hypo to shift to hyper. Then you crash. I have to do low impact exercise now like yoga and stretches. Even then I can be wiped and sick the next day. Also, I was labeled bi-polar for over a decade and I wasn’t, however because my thyroid numbers were always okay they went that avenue. I am now medication free except Armour thyroid. The biggest help to me was going grain free not just gluten free, and dropping all refined sugar. Sounds impossible, but feeling like yuck everyday, I was willing to do anything. Now i have energy to play with my 5 and 2 year old all day and not need a nap. I no longer hurt all the time unless I cheat and eat something with sugar or a grain in it. Then the joint pain slaps me silly as a reminder that that’s a no no. I highly highly highly recommend an autoimmune Paleo protocol diet. Find out what sets you off. It’s also not always food. Research autoimmune disease and exercise. That way you can bring it to the doctors and say look, it;s setting off the perfect storm when I work out. I was almost a professional ballerina (I decided to go to college instead) ad I’m a runner, they are both the exercise model I tried to do after my daughter was born. Nope. No more. God Bless and good luck. Check out my site, it’s my story. (I don’t sell anything)

  47. I’m 15 and I suffer from severe depression along with hypothyroidism, I was diagnosed when I was 11 and it is believed that I was born with it. I’ve always taken my medication and getting the level changed when needed. However, the depression has been packing on, and my weight is getting worse. It’s virtually impossible for me to lose weight, trying low carb diets and going to the gym for an hour every day, still managing to gain ten pounds in two weeks. I’m a teenager, just starting highschool and I’m 266lbs and as far as I’m concerned, I hate my body, and I should be worried about when a boyfriend or something is going to text back, not how much weight I’m gaining..

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  49. nausika says:

    I was prescribed armur thyroid and i was getting more fat. the dose was increased then my heart was in pain. I went to a specialist and she told me to drop the armur thyroid, and I did.
    Then I became huge bloob. I could not even walk. I was so tired, and feeling down.
    Few day, I went to a health store and purchased kelp. I take 4 drops everyday in a glass of water, and I can feel my body is shrinking in. I try to walk as much as I can for my cardiovascular system. I lost hope, and I was afraid of becoming diabetic, and feeling worthless and looking very ugly. No clothing could look good on me and i could not find nothing to dress my body. All were unfit. Also I quit all sodium. i eat sea salt iodized very little. I eat mostly veggies, small amount of protein, and very little starch food.
    The answer is kelp for low thyroids. The oriental people eat kelp everyday. kelp is sea vegitable. I like it in drops because it does not test salty. I would rather take kelp then taking chance with my health of unfit drugs.
    Eat healthy food and take kelp. that is your answer to your problem.

  50. nausika says:


  51. This article is my life. I am 6 months postpartum. I was only allowed to take 9 weeks for my emergency c-section and the birth process was fairly traumatizing for me. I quickly started showing signs of hypochondria but was just writing them off due to the baby. As the time went on, the exhaustion was getting worse, although my baby was sleeping longer. My hair was falling out, my hip joints hurt beyond belief, the haze is uncontrollable I would consider myself fairly bipolar in attitude. I went to my family practitioner because of two severe reactions after administering mepivaccaine (for those that don’t know what that is it’s the nowadays novacaine). I have a MOUTH full of fillings, crowns, etc and have never had a reaction. This reaction was so severe I would vomit and froth at the mouth until the numbness wore off. The blood work came back with TSH of 36 and TPO of 1300. He then started me on levothyroxine at 50 mcg’s until I meet with the endocrinologist. I fight constantly with my husband, I cannot concentrate at work, I want to run away with my baby and the only people I like are my parents, the anxiety is bad….oh, I’m 33 and all I want is my own mom. I try so so so hard to try and tell myself to snap out of it but it’s hard. I’ve been on the meds for 2 weeks now and not really feeling much different. My OB says that I should start on an antidepressant but I want to wait…basically, I just want to feel better. I can barely take care of myself bc I just don’t care. The only thing I know is that I am 10000% taking care of my angel, it’s the only thing I know I”m not screwing up in my life. I’m glad there are so many others out there just like me.

    • I have been diagnosed with hashimoto’s…see, I’m so forgetful I forgot a huge portion of what I really was wanting to write…the dentist reaction is why I ended up at the FP in the first place, I found it odd.

  52. debbie peck says:

    The intro about that ladies life was so like mine was it is untrue. I have been classed as mental health by UK Social Services and have had my kids taken from me. Today is Mothers day.. I am trying to get justice for my family and no one seems to want to listen or help yes that includes my so called legal team…. if anyone can help me in any way at all in getting the truth about my illness seen and understood please contact me.. i was diagnosed with secondary hypothyroidism at 23 years old thats now 17 years ago after admitting myself to a mental health ward because i felt suicidal (i had full blown myxoedema) its a long long story.. anyway if anyone can help me get relevant medical or legal help on this i would be truly thankfulx (i will need legal aid i have no money i am afraid)

  53. 2 years ago I took my daughter to doctors with tonsillitis, while there the doctor noticed something wrong with my throat and asked me to make an appointment for myself. I now know this is a goitre and I’d been suffering with my thyroid for quite a few years thinking it was depression. After being put on 100mg of leveroxine I started to feel much better. 2 years later I’m awaiting a call from doctor with my blood results knowing it’s going to be increased as I’m a crumpled mess again. It’s only after reading on your site that I now know the thyroid is being constantly attacked and my levels can change. Just got my partner to read up on the condition as my main symptom is moods/depression and the poor man doesn’t know if he’s going to find me crying, shouting etc when he comes home and it’s affecting our relationship.

  54. Kristen volker says:

    Mid last year I went to the doctor with pains in my ribs, they took a blood test and I found out I had an Underactive thyroid. Being only just 18 years old, it was hard, it still is hard. Struggling through the depression, weight gain, extreme tiredness and fatigue, hair loss ,dry skin and mood swings. It gets so bad that it effects my relationship. I am on 75mg Thyroxine, I still feel like nothing is working. No self confidence whatsoever due to weight gain. I can’t explain to my family how hard it is at times, they tell people and myself that I play on it and the things I feel are not true. I feel as if I can’t talk to anyone about it because my friends and family don’t understand it. I wish I could say being il treated is great but so far I don’t feel any different.

  55. hi i was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 14 years ago im on levothyroxine 50mg and have it tested once a year but i feel and look no different dry skin,brittle hair,cracked nails,and brain fog slow reactions results always come back normal range but i dont feel normal?dont know what to say to doc he just prescribes antidepressants but i know with these symptoms its not

  56. 33 years ago I was diagnosed wit hypothyroidism tsh right now is in the10,000 range I am a single mother of 3 kids and I work a full time job 40+ hours a week… I’m so glad I found this on Facebook to help me understand me… Why am I tired why am I so angry and quick to lash out why do I feel depressed and Down?. The more I read the more I can understand why my doctor asked me how do I even function in everyday life? Nobody understands my struggle I have gud days I have bad days its hard to explain to my kids why mommy is to tired to play or take them somewhere it makes me sad and I feel helpless but reading these things and slowly understanding it more maybe one day I can explain to them why.. Just wanted to say that to somebody lol

  57. I had my son 2.5 years ago and immediately began to feel horrible. I gained over 50lbs in less than 1.5 year, my anxiety was out of control, my periods were anywhere from 45-65 days apart, and my mood was beyond messy. I went from so happy to hating the world in .2 second. I honestly thought I was just a horrible person although my whole life I have been a huge Christian that has a heart of God for others. I never understood why I was feeling so miserable. I went to two different doctors that told me I was severely anemic. I had two infusions and they still couldn’t get my iron up. They refused to do more testing when I pursued. So I went to a 3rd Doctor 1 hour from my home. From day 1 with him, he tested everything possible. The two previous doctors said my thyroid was normal. This new doctor: I am sever hypothyroidism and pcos. I am on a few medications and have been for about 4 months now. I haven’t felt this good since I was 22years old. I just turned 27 in April. I’m beginning to lose a little weight but above all I’m not exhausted all day everyday and I’m not mean and hateful and moody all the time. This new doctor has been amazing and I will drive as far as I need to for him to care for me. This is a new diagnosis for me but the more I read and educate myself, the more faith I have in myself and this doctor. Thank you all for sharing your stories. They are truly inspirational and beneficial. It’s nice to know I’m not really “crazy” like one doctor told me. Bless you all and prayers that we all will find the help we need and get back to living life. After all, we only have one life, finish strong!!!

  58. Karen Springbett says:

    I have major depressive disorder,anxiety,panic attacks,anxiety,dissociative disorder,PTSD and I was put on the wrong medication for something I don’t have and one meds Lithium after I started taking it I got hypothyroidism and though rare it is a side effect of that medication,I asked my Dr to check back past thyroid tests and if I was on the Lithium at same time and he just said medication can’t cause hypothyroidism, I didn’t have any problem before taking that medication. I already have mental issues and being I have now hypothyroidism isn’t making matters any better, I also just found out my grandmother,and my aunt have hypothyroidism,so it’s also in my family,sigh just wish my Dr would take the time to look at timing of the medication or if it’s because it’s in my family, he also fluffed off when I asked about being tested for Hashimoto but I got a song and dance.

  59. Jennifer says:

    Hi I was just reading some of the comments and I basically had the same trouble at the beginning. I was weak and tired all the time, and I was always asleep to the point I didn’t have anything to do with anyone. Finally I woke up one morning and my face was swollen so bad I could not open my eyes. The ER diagnosed it as Hypothyroidism and sent me home with Synthroid 50 mcg. Long story short by the time I made it to my endocrinologist my levels was 300. I was having chest pains by this point and could actually feel my body dying inside. That was the most horrible feeling I have ever felt before. Amazingly 2 years later I feel a lot better and we think my medicine is almost were it should be. The Dr. explained that I can not take Synthroid because it was missing something my body needed and changed me to Unithyroid 300 mcg. So far it is working I still have my occasional night sweats and overheating, but I have begun having sleepless nights and depressed days. To where some days I feel like I am not good enough or my family could do better without me. So I strive everyday to find something to smile about and keep my head up. I just wanted to comment and say I know what all of you are going through and it is not easy. Its a long road to recovery but everyday it gets easier. I will keep you all in my prayers and god bless you all !!

  60. Tina Tomlin says:

    Hi everyone. I have hypothyroidism. Before I was diagnosed I went throught hell. The Dr. I was seeing told me I had several different things wrong. depression and personality disorder for a few. I was put in the hospital and he did some testsand sent a pshycoligist to talk to me. they gave me a sleeping pill and told me it was for my stomach. I couldn’t hardly wake up mrning. So I kinda of freaked out and they said I was pshycotic. I finally changed Drs and the guy I went to see did some blood work. Then went on vacation so I had to see a lady Dr to get my reslts when I went to her for results she said she thought I might have bone cancer and she wanted to do some more blood work and if she didnt find anything the following week she was going to send me for a bone marrow test. So I was freaking out. Well when I went to get the results she found the thyroid disease. My level when found was 289.7. I was happy to finally have a diagnosis. By this time I had all of the symptoms on the list. Even today I was going through some stuff the Drs kept saying I was having panic attacks. Come to find out I was severely dificient on vitamin d. Now the Drs are all the time trying to give more and more meds. antidepressants for the panic attacks, I wasn,t having panic attacks it was symptoms of low vitamin d. I know that low adrenals go hand in hand with thyroid disease but its hard to find someone to check stuff for you.

  61. I found this very interesting … especially in reading entries in the comments. I had not considered my medical issues may have a possible connected to a thyroid disorder or other possible related conditions. I have been in a subjugated revel of (suspected) misdiagnosis and a definite over-Rx and mis-Rx meds (in some case, over 6x the maximum recommended dosages). I have a doctor that not only displays a lack of interest, and listening skills but is very intimidated by any direct inquiry. She also is put off by corrective diagnosises of any specialists that I have been to which have only resulted in her hesitance to provide me with neccessary referals for diagnostics or treatment. It is a growing detriment and aggrevation toy m health’s benefit and quality of life. It all began once I was diagnosed 20 yrs ago with bone cancer that I went un-diagnosed of having for the prior 7-8 yrs (was estimated b specialist). A simple x-ray would have easily brought the diagnosis to light. It has been a plethora of medical blunders thereafter. It is very disheartening and spiritually crushing to acknowledge that patients are put in such untenable relationships with the medical providers. :/

  62. I was 25 with my first pregnancy gained 100lbs. After I had my first daughter I had a lot of issues with my period. I was told I couldn’t have any more kids and was put on bc pills for fibroids. I had clots the size of softballs I thought I had a miscarriage . I was misdiagnosed for 8 yrs my family doctor told me to quit smoking and lose weight. Prescribed Zanex, buspare and all other meds. I thought I was loosing my mind I would think crazy shit all the time so the doctor prescribed even more meds I didn’t take them I don’t even take aspirin. I was finally disagnosed by an ENT. I was put on levoxyl and was feeling so much better finally after 4 yrs it took to get get my numbers good then after they discontinued it about 3 yrs ago my number are back to beig bad after being out on synthoid. I do believe most people are not diagnosed properly dr will do 1 blood teat and think that is it instead of following up ever few months.

  63. Can your thyroid cause nigjht sweats and dry heaving? I have been on 50 mcg Levothyroxine for a long time and was on t3 also. After my baby was born, I have been having night sweats chills as nd dry heaving. Doctors casmt figure it out.

  64. Dana Trentini says:

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